From the Desk of Chris Trahan Cain, Executive Director
New Award Recognizes Innovative Safety Interventions
CPWR and Liberty Mutual Insurance have just announced the Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award in Construction, which will honor innovative, evidence-based interventions -- including technologies, work practices, and programs -- that can reduce hazards for construction workers. Sponsored by Liberty Mutual and administered by CPWR, the award includes a $15,000 cash prize to the winning individual or organization; one or more honorable mentions may also be awarded, each with a $5,000 prize. Applications open October 1, 2019.
OSHA Requesting Silica Exposure Data
OSHA has issued a request for information to expand the tool and task combinations in Table 1 of the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. If you have silica exposure data for workers, please review the request and submit comments to OSHA no later than October 15th!
CPWR Again to Serve as the NIOSH National Construction Center
CPWR has been awarded a new five-year cooperative agreement with NIOSH to continue serving as the NIOSH National Construction Center. We welcome new and continuing university partners into our research consortium and are kicking off 13 multi-year research projects and programs aimed at reducing construction worker injury, death, and disease. Stay tuned for upcoming webinars and other highlights of our new research program. Our strong research-to-practice and communications programs will continue to engage a wide range of stakeholders to share findings, products, and practical tools from our decades of collaborative experience serving NIOSH and the construction sector in the United States.
TOOLS FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH
New Spanish-Language Resources for Preventing Hearing Loss
A training intervention to improve frontline construction leaders' safety leadership practices and overall jobsite safety climate Natalie V. Schwatka, Linda M. Goldenhar, Stefanie K. Johnson, Marissa A. Beldon, Jamie Tessler, Jack T. Dennerlein, Mark Fullen, Hao Trieu. Journal of Safety Research, 2019. Read the Key Findings.
Leadership skills for strengthening jobsite safety climate Linda M. Goldenhar, Natalie Schwatka, Stefanie K. Johnson. Journal of Safety Research, 2019. Read the Key Findings.
NEWS & EVENTS
Thursday, September 26th at 1:00 p.m. Eastern: An Overview of Health Hazards Associated with the Aftermath of Hurricanes
Our country has experienced a number of severe hurricanes and other natural disasters over the last couple of decades. CPWR operates a Disaster Response Training program with NABTU that prepares skilled construction workers to safely use their skills in support of response and recovery efforts, restoration of essential services, and removal of hazards without interfering with the vital activities of first responders. We also collaborated with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) National Clearinghouse to create a Disaster Preparedness App (available for Android and Apple phones) that provides easy access to training tools, as well as health and safety guidance, for those involved in disaster response and cleanup activities. Learn more about these materials and how to prepare for working in emergency situations from Mike Kassman, director of OSHA and Disaster Response Training at CPWR, in this 20-minute webinar followed by Q&A.
9/10, San Diego - NSC 2019 Congress and Expo Eileen Betit, Director of the Research-to-Practice Program, and Joe Wise, Regional Customer Training Manager for United Rentals Trench Safety -- "Trench and Excavation Hazards: Insight on Newly Acquired Data and Managing the Risks"
9/12, Myrtle Beach, SC - Carolinas AIHA Fall 2019 PDC/Conference Bruce Lippy, Director of Safety Research, and Gavin West, Research Analyst -- "Nanotechnology: An Update on Epidemiological Findings, Exposure Measurements and Worker Awareness"